Arsenal made light work of West Ham as they emerged as 6-0 victors at the London Stadium to maintain just a two-point gap to the league leaders Liverpool.
The game may have got off to a slow start, but it would prove to be anything but uneventful, which was kickstarted by a superb header from William Saliba in the 32nd minute.
A penalty scored in the 41st minute by Bukayo Saka doubled the Gunners' lead and opened the floodgates, as both Gabriel Magalhaes and Leandro Trossard scored within seven minutes of the penalty to give Mikel Arteta's side a 4-0 lead at half-time.
Two changes at the break for the hosts proved futile as the visitors resumed their domination over the Hammers, with a quick-fire double in the 63rd and 65th minute by Saka and Declan Rice further extended Arsenal's lead, putting the result beyond any doubt.
The remainder of the game saw Arsenal take their foot off the gas and proved to be more of a training exercise than a Premier League match, with the game eventually ending with the score at 6-0, much to the relief of the few West Ham fans who remained in the stadium at the full-time whistle.
3 positives from Arsenal's 6-0 humiliation of West Ham
Whereas usually you would expect to see "3 positives & negatives" from us, this week there is simply no reason for negatives, and beyond pre-match injury concerns, I would argue that there were none.
So with that cleared up, here are three positives from the game.
Positive #1: Constant domination throughout
At 4-0, let alone 6-0, it would have been very easy for us to become complacent and concede a needless goal, as teams carrying large leads often do, but this was not the case and the Gunners exerted sheer dominance until the final whistle.
Even when we were able to take our foot off the gas, we continued to control proceedings and showed an ability to up our tempo as and when West Ham looked more lively, which was an infrequent occurrence, to say the least.
With a favourable game at home to Burnley next week, this result, off the back of our 3-1 win over Liverpool, is the perfect footing for us to resume our bid to win the Premier League.
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